Dear Mr. President,
Some things to do in your first couple of months:
- Call the Governors in for a Round Table Discussion:
- End Militarization of Local Police Forces.
- End Drone Flights Over US.
- Call a Full Session of Congress:
- Whip Their Asses into Shape re: Running the Country, not Their Own Personal Beliefs.
- Passing Wall Street Regulation.
- Passing Real Energy Reform.
- Passing Real Economic Recovery Steps. (Look to the Great Depression for ideas. Those actually worked.)
- Address the Nation re: Market Forces & Fuel Prices.
- Prosecute & Break Up the “Too Big to Fail” Corporations.
- Equal Rights Amendment for LGBT.
The US is a country which has led the world in every endeavor. Make it so again.
As poets, as writers, as humans, we cannot afford to ignore the terrifying injustices that proceed around us every day. It may be complacency which drives the majority of our human peers to continue living as though these terrors were simply nightmares – shadows driven by overactive imagination. Or it may be fear of falling through the cultural systems we have developed to a space in which they cannot ignore these crimes we perpetrate against one another – the systems do not kindly treat outliers. A life constantly confronted and challenged by these things is hard, it’s difficult; and difficulty is one thing we in America have forever striven to delay/decrease/divorce. It is clear that a person constantly confronting this madness may go mad – there are plenty of examples. On the other hand, there are plenty of examples of intentional ignorance which also descend into madness. Continue reading
Ran across Lin Dinh’s State of the Union blog today. There are some interesting, disturbing, and inspirational images on it, chronicling the results of the depression the country is in.
Recommended reading. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he’s doing good work, and more people should see it.
Ken Cuccinelli spoke to ODU’s College Republicans Friday night. They did not publicize the visit very well, but AltDaily’s John McManus did cover it. McManus did not offer any critique of Mr. Cuccinelli’s words, but one thing that struck me in the transcription is the following:
“It’s clear: the Founding Fathers believed the foundation, the source of the rights they were trying to protect, was God.”
In Bontoc Eulogy, Martin Fuentes addresses a relatively unknown chapter of American history through a mock-documentary search for family history. This fictionalized account of the search for roots takes viewers back to the Philippine-American war, which as the narrator states, comes across as a “dream muted by the dailyness of life’s events” (Fuentes). The disappearance from history is the subject of the eulogy referenced in the title, and Fuentes capitalizes on early film and photographic documentation of the time to emphasize the forgetting. By centering his camera on archaic representation, Fuentes pulls off the shroud surrounding the treatment of Filipinos in the United States during the earlier part of the twentieth century.
Just in response to a facebook wall post I saw today:
It is a small question, really.
These issues have each been in the headlines recently, especially online. The problem is that they have not been linked by common characteristics. For example, the stories often run in entirely separate sections of news sites, newspapers, or even entirely different websites altogether. What do I see as common characteristics?